Interviewees

Track 1 – Byrne, Paul: Paul Byrne has a rich family association with Shelbourne FC. His grandfather William was involved with foundation of club in 1895, his two Uncles – James and John Owens- played for Shels in the 1900s, and his cousin Pat Byrne was appointed player-manager of Shels in 1988. Paul recalls attending matches from the early 1960s to the present day. His favourite Shels players include Billy Newman, Brian Delargy and Tony Sheridan. Paul also explains how he ensured that Jimmy O’Connor’s 1967 hat trick against Bohemians at Dalymount, scored in two minutes 13 seconds, was official ratified as a world record for football’s quickest hat trick.

Track 2 – Conaghan, Bernard: Originally from Bath Street in Irishtown, Bernard’s love of Shels was inherited from his father. His most treasured memory of Shels was watching their victory against Hajduk Split in 2004. He recalls the exciting atmosphere of matches in the 1950s and 1960s, and great players such as Dermot Curtis and Ben Hannigan.

Track 3 – De Barra, Eddie: Eddie de Barra has been following Shels from 1945, (aged 6) to present day. He recalls how his proudest moment was when his cousin John Sherlock played and signed for Shels from Bru Lorcain. Eddie recounts his own playing career for Donore FC, and also playing in The Miller Shield final (Schools G.A.A. competition) in Croke Park. He tells how Shelbourne FC turned down the opportunity to purchase Shelbourne Park and talks about his favourite Shels players which included Eddie Gannon and Rory Dwyer.

Track 4 – Dwyer, Rory: Rory Dwyer, born in 1932, is one of Shelbourne’s most celebrated centre forwards. He holds the current club record of 40 goals in a season in all clubs competition. He played his schoolboy football in Drimnagh, before signing for Shels in 1951. His wages were £3 per week, with an extra £1 if team won, and he also worked as a refrigerator mechanic. Rory talks about the Shels training regime, how injuries were treated, and the camaraderie between players during his playing days from 1951-1957. The memories he shares include playing in Iceland as a guest of Waterford FC (1953), winning the Irish Independent sports star of the week following his hat trick against Dundalk in 1954, and when he was wrongly blamed for missing a League of Ireland team meeting before a match against the Scottish League (1954).

Track 5 – Frazer, John: Born in 1988, John is part of the new generation of Shelbourne FC fans. His earliest memory is attending 1992 FAI Cup Final with his father Mark Frazer. John discusses Shels great rivalry with other Dublin clubs (Bohemians, Shamrock Rovers, and St. Patrick’s Athletic), travelling by car to their match against Lille in 2004 UEFA Cup, and his favourite player Mark Rutherford. He also explains his voluntary role videoing all of Shels home and away matches since June 2007.

Track 6 – Frazer, Mark: Mark Frazer has been a supporter of Shelbourne FC for nearly 40 years. The first match he attended was a friendly against Manchester United in Dalymount Park. He recalls how in the 1970s supporters travelled to away matches on the same bus as the players. He also speaks of the excitement of travelling to European cup competitions in Kilmarnock (1997) and Lille (2004). Mark also outlines his own family’s involvement with Shelbourne FC in the past decade – he has volunteered as a medical officer for underage teams; his wife Bernadette has provided refreshments for players and his son John Frazer has videoed matches.

Track 7 – Kelly, David: David Kelly has been supporting Shels since the late 1960s. As a youngster, only a few of his classmates followed soccer as he went to a fee-paying school which was steeped in rugby tradition. He recalls matches at different grounds from Dalymount to Bray to Dundalk, and the football chants which used to be sung. David also talks about the different players he admired and also on different styles of management of Shels managers over the decades including Dermot Keely and Ollie Byrne.

Track 8 – Sands, Chris: Born in 1937, Chris Sands is a life-long supporter of Shels. He talks about the early history of Shels from its foundation in 1895 as a “Dockers team”, club rivalry with Shamrock Rovers in the 1940s, the failure to purchase Shelbourne Park, and attending the Olympic Dancehall after matches. He also talks about his involvement with Shelbourne Supporters Development Group in recent years and his views on Ollie Byrne.

Track 9 – Walsh, David: David Walsh recalls his 25 years as a Shelbourne supporter from being selected as a ball boy in a 1986 match against St. Pat’s to attending the Deportivo la Coruna Championship League qualifier match in 2004. He shares his views on summertime soccer, and his favourite Shels player (Mick Neville) and manager (Dermot Keely) in the modern era.

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